ecoENERGY Report – Part 19 – The Second Audit-4

In Part 18 - The Second Audit-3, we list some examples of our dissatisfaction with the energy audit we received.

Here was the largest air leakage which was only told to us during the follow-up energy audit. 

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Pictured above is the wall of my basement workroom. On the other side is the garage.

Now, remember, the energy efficiency assessor is looking for air leaks during the blower test of the follow-up energy audit; the same blower test which was conducted during the first, or base-lining, energy audit.

Well, we went into the basement workroom and we could see some cobwebs (sorry, I don’t dust on a regular basis my workroom icon sad ecoENERGY Report   Part 19   The Second Audit 4   ) moving up just under the ceiling’s wooden floor beams.

To the left of the picture above, was insufficient insulation behind the black PVC pipe.

Now, look at the close-up picture below. 

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What I want you to look at is the slightly off plastic cover to the fibreglass insulation between the two 2 X 6 support beams. We saw the plastic cover flapping during the blower test. When the energy auditor took the cover off and removed the insulation, he took his flashlight and looked around and then put everything back.

He then turned to me and said that there was a large vertical shaft like opening going up to the attic. What was needed, per the assessor, because the vertical shaft like opening was some additional insulation followed by lots of the expandable foam insulation. Wow.

In my opinion, one of two parties failed and fail all those who participate in the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program.

Either the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program does not require the assessor to take the home owner with him / her during the blower test of the first, or ‘D’, energy efficiency assessment to find and write down all of the major air leaks.

Or, the program does not require the report from the assessor from the ‘D’ energy audit to document all of the major air leaks.

Or, the firm I hired to perform the energy audit does not require it’s assessors to do this or document this during the first assessment.

I’m just like most of you; I am not in the business of energy audits or home renovations. I’m learning as I go. I need to rely on professionals to be, well, professional.

At least now I know more about this current home of ours and if we move to another home, I will apply that new knowledge.

Hopefully, through our experiences, you have learned something you can apply to your own home right now. And, be sure you confirm from your energy auditing company that they will take you around, during the blower test of the first assessment, to find all of the major air leaks so you can write them down and take action.

Next time, one final article about what more we learned and then the verdict.

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to Part 20.

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Comments

  1. CH says:

    What, your auditor did not go through the house with you during the first blower door test! Thats the best part!! I do these audits too, and I always take the homeowner through during the blower test to find leaks. The leaks you found should have been a cast-iron no brainer for your auditor. I find leaks like that all the time, point them out, and put them in the report. This is a great program, but only as good as your energy auditor.

  2. Dan says:

    What I found, CH, is that there really isn’t (or at least wasn’t back 15 months ago when we started the program) which distinguishes one accredited ecoENERGY energy auditing company from the next. So, how does one choose?

    Hopefully from web sites like this which provide our experiences.

    However, I have not named the company who performed our energy audit.

    If folks want to find out who our energy auditing company was, you can email me with the name of the company you are thinking of hiring and I will tell you if we have had any experience with them.

    Dan

  3. CH says:

    Ok, well, since you’ve already had the E evaluation, I’m not sure if you can appeal to NRCAN or not. Did you get a book called “Keeping the Heat In” when you had your audit done? It’s very good.

  4. Dan says:

    Hi CH,

    Yes I did.

    However, IMO it in no way substitutes for the assessor taking the home owner around during the blower test.

    Most home owners (just like me) have no experience in finding / fixing air leaks. And, most home owners do not have the time between their full time day jobs, daily commuting, making meals for the family, etc., etc., etc. to read a book and then go looking for the leaks (many of which are not detectible unless when the blower test us being run) IMO.

    But, yes, the book is a good but not a substitute.

    Dan

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